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Figure D

Mithraic Kronos.

MITHRAIC KRONOS (AEON OR ZERVAN AKARANA)
(Representing boundless time.)
 

The statue here reproduced was found in the mithraeum of Ostia before mentioned, where C. Valerius Herackes and his sons dedicated it in the year 190 A.D. This leontocepalous figure is entirely nude, the body being entwined six times by a serpent, the head of which rests on the skull of the god. Four wings decorated with the symbols of the seasons issue from the back. Each hand holds a key, and the right in addition a long scepter, the symbol of authority. A thunderbolt is engraved on the breast. On the base of the statue may be seen the hammer and tongs of Vulcan, the cock and the pine-cone consecrated to AEsclapius (or possibly to the Sun and to Attis), and the wand of Mercury...all characteristic adjuncts of the Mithraic Saturn, and symbolizing the embodiment in him of the powers of all the gods.
 

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